ABYDOS EXPLORER                    NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON THIS TOUR!
 
 
Day 1 - Monday 29th October 2018
We fly London Heathrow to Luxor and on arrival take our private transfer and check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for two nights on room and breakfast basis.
 
Day 2 - West Bank
We take our private launch across the Nile to meet our bus and head to the Valley of the Kings. We have tickets for three tombs of your choice from those open on the day. Plenty of time to buy optional tickets for any specials available on arrival. For a complete change in pace we drive to the quieter more remote West Valley where we enter the tomb of Ay. We have a relaxing lunch at the Moon Valley Restaurant. After our break we visit the lovely temple of Seti I where we see depictions of Ramesses II kneeling before his father, Seti. Then to the Ramesseum, mortuary temple of Ramesses II  where we view the toppled colossi and some stunning reliefs of the Battle of Kadesh. Later in the week we will see the temples of these two Pharaohs in Abydos. (BL)
 
Day 3 - Dendera
Today we leave Luxor and take the road north for Abydos. On our journey we stop at the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Here in the fabulous Hypostyle Hall we can see the astronomical ceiling restored and cleaned to its original colour. We view the crypt, rooftop sanctuaries and allow plenty of time to walk the outer walls. Outside we see the Roman Birth house, the Basilica, the Sanatorium and the Sacred Lake. We have a lunch box from the Winter Palace today. We continue our journey to Abydos and on arrival check in to The House of Life, a local hotel, close to the sacred temples. We are on full board at this comfortable local hotel. (BLD)
 
Day 4 - The Wonders of Abydos
After breakfast we make the short journey to the major temples beginning with Seti I. The reliefs in the sanctuaries are rated by many as the finest in Egypt. We view the massive blocks of the Osireion and walk across the desert sands to the ruined temple of Ramesses II. Here we find more scenes of Kadesh and some brightly coloured scenes in the courtyard. We return to our hotel for lunch and this afternoon we head off to Kom el Sultan with massive mudbrick walls dedicated to Khenty-Amentiu and we have time to walk to the huge mudbrick enclosure of Shunet El Zebib dating to the 2nd Dynasty and built by Khasakhemwy. (BLD)
 
Day 5 - Anubis Mountain
Today a rare treat as we have a special permit to enter the Tomb of Senusret III cut in to the natural ‘pyramid’ shape hill known as Anubis Mountain. The eight hundred foot long structure cut into the hill is still being studied by a team from Penn Museum. We also take a look at the Ahmose Pyramid. After lunch at the hotel we will go for a walk of the area before our next special event. We have arranged a private AWT opening of Seti I Temple after the sun goes down and the floodlights come on. A spectacular way to say goodbye to mystical Abydos. (BLD)
 
Day 6 - Beit Khallaf
We could not leave the area before visiting the village of Beit Khallaf where we have a special permit to view the massive Third Dynasty mud brick mastaba tombs surveyed by Garstang in 1900. Another exciting special permit event follows with a visit to Wanina also known as the Greek site Athribis built for the goddess Repyt. This rarely visited site has a wealth of exciting reliefs. We also hope to visit the Red and White Monasteries if open on the day. We have a lunch box with us today and we return to our hotel late afternoon. (BLD)
 
Day 7 - To Luxor
After breakfast we head to Luxor and on arrival check in to the Old Winter Palace, Garden Pavilion Wing, for one night on room and breakfast basis. Time for a lunch (own arrangements) at the hotel and then this afternoon  we head to Karnak Temple where we have a guided tour. (B)
 
Day 8 - Home - Monday 5th November 2018
We take our private transfer to Luxor Airport  for our direct flight to London arriving early afternoon. (B)
 
(B) = Breakfast (BL) = Breakfast and Lunch (BLD) = Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
 

ABYDOS EXPLORER

 

DEPARTURE DATE: Monday 29th October 2018

TOUR CODE: AWAE 291018

STANDARD HOLIDAY PRICE: £2,980

THERE IS NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON THIS TOUR

LAND ONLY DISCOUNT: £400 (If you arrange your own flights)

 

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